Meany Center for the Performing Arts
Turtle Island Quartet
World Premiere! Since its inception over three decades ago, the Turtle Island Quartet has honored the lineage of musical traditions performed in North America, both past and present. Most recently, they have forged a new direction as an original music ensemble with Island Prayers, an ambitious, multi-composer piece co-commissioned by Meany Center. This evening-length work celebrates the range of influences within the rich cultural spectrum of the continent known as “Turtle Island.” The new music by award-winning composers Terence Blanchard, Rhiannon Giddens, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and David Balakrishnan brings a unique combination of jazz, American roots, indigenous and folkloric styles to its premiere at Meany Center.